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Sandpiper ID

jojo7272001
 

Hello all,

I forgot, in my Bob Jones Trail report the other day, to ask about a sandpiper I saw picking along the edge of the creek. It looked like a juvenile or winter? SOLITARY SANDPIPER -- brownish back, eye ring, pumping its tail constantly, thin brown streaks on the throat and partway down the breast, ending abruptly.  The puzzle is that the white of the belly curved around the "shoulder," as one would see in a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. However, the eye stripe of the Spotted was not present -- there was clearly a ring -- and the streaks on the chest went all the way around, not just partway, as the book shows for the Spotted. I'm assuming it was a Solitary, but is this bird found here at this time of year?


Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach




Eastern Phoebe Expedition 12-08

Thomas Slater
 

Fortune smiled on Owen and I. We hiked up the trail with our friend Joe Boone and were quickly joined by 3 other birders. We spread out along the trail and soon found our target bird that was found this year earlier by Herb and Maggie... the EASTERN PHOEBE. It disappeared as quickly as it was found. The 3 others promptly left, apparently happy with the looks they got. We kept at it and refound the bird about 10 minutes later. The overcast skies were slowly giving way to sun. The closer we got the better the light got. When I managed to get 40' away I got a few shots off. One I am very happy with http://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077@N02/11280441985/
We noticed that the bird liked to hang out with the cows and would feed off the flies that hung out at the rear end of the cows... to each its own. We also saw a BLACK PHOEBE & SAYS PHOEBE so it was a three phoebe day. We also saw a FERRUGINOUS HAWK and the RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER down in the park by the car. A very fun day to spend with my son and good friend Joe. Thanks Herb and Maggie for refinding this bird this year.

Bird on,
Tom & Owen Slater
Nipomo


Sunday a.m. @ Estero Bluffs

rickandchriss <rcaustin@...>
 

A very windy/chilly 11-12:30 lookout from the mouth of Geronimo Creek produced a near-shore Red-throated Loon, 8 Surfbirds, 4 Ruddy Turnstones, a brightly colored, male Common Yellowthroat, a Lincoln’s Sparrow, and a White-throated Swift flying directly over us, heading south, about 12 feet off the ground.  Chilled-to-the-bone fingers cut short our walk!
 
Rick Austin
Morro Bay


Bald Eagle

Richard R. Hansen
 

While on my usual AM Strand walk sighted my first Bald Eagle, a third year
I'm guessing, at this site. With only 300mm on my camera the shots were
good enough for an ID but not for publishing.

Rich

PS It was headed south from Cayucos at about 150 ft. Watched it until it
disappeared beyond the Rock at about 9AM.


Morro Bay, morning 11/7

Jim Royer
 

Herb Elliot, Kerry Runkle and I birded from Morro Rock, along the edge of the bay to the state park campground. We had a female Common Goldeneye at the harbor mouth with a bunch of Buffleheads, a Northern Fulmar offshore, and two Osprey between Grassy Island and the State Park Marina. Otherwise, all the usual suspects were seen.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Hooded Merganser eating fish.,..

Joanne Aasen
 

I know that the CBC is centered in everyone’s scope right now, however…

 

This a.m. (just at sunrise) I arrived at Santa Rosa Creek to find a female HOODED MERGANSER picking actively at something in the water.

 

It’s surprised me how big a fish a little bird can swallow.

 

See http://www.flickr.com/photos/cambriabird/ for video and pics of the FIVE female HOODED MERGANSER at SRCreek this a.m. (not usual).

 

Joanne Aasen

Cambria, CA


Pismo Creek Saturday 12-07 Several Redheads

Thomas Slater
 

After the rains, and sleeping in a little, I went out to Avila Creek. There were several COMMON GOLDENEYE and BUFFLEHEAD, both male and female. I found a couple COMMON LOON out amongst the grebes and scoters, and one OSPREY on the usual pole by the playground.

Then I headed back to Pismo Creek. There were plenty of ducks. The highlights were three male REDHEADS (saw one female), three ALEUTIAN geese and six CANADA GEESE. I had to creep up on them, and wait for sudden bursts of sunlight as the clouds were still rolling pretty deep.

Not too many people out there, probably due to the inclement weather. I also saw four CASPIAN TERNS bathing in the overflow on the beach.

I had a fun time with those geese. They allowed me to get very close. I love it when they cooperate! Pictures on my flickr site...  http://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077@N02/

Bird on,
Tom Slater
Nipomo


Photo Show

Richard R. Hansen
 

Fellow birds,

I know that we are all busy with the upcoming CBC and the Bird Festival but
if you happen to be in the North County and have the time, please stop by
the Paso Library and check out some of my bird photos gracing their wall.

Merry Christmas and good birding,

Rich Hansen


FW: White-breasted Nuthatch

Tom Edell
 

Sorry for the way the numbers on the Mannikins came out. Here is another attempt to line up the numbers. I surrender if this one doesn't work out.

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: slocobirding@... [mailto:slocobirding@...] On Behalf Of Tom Edell
Sent: Saturday, December 07, 2013 11:54 AM
To: slocobirding@...
Cc: 'Rebecca'
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] White-breasted Nuthatch

I believe Rebecca’s home is near French Hospital in count Section 11 (http://tinyurl.com/nepaffe ). Please correct me if I’m wrong Rebecca. We are never assured of getting White-breasted Nuthatch on the count so it would be good to look for this bird.

As for Nutmeg Mannikin, it is increasing in the count circle (and California). Here are the totals for this species starting in 2004, the first year it was recorded on the count. I suspect this year’s count will be our highest yet.

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
12 0 0 0 0 6 34 17 72

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


From: slocobirding@... [mailto:slocobirding@...] On Behalf Of Rebecca
Sent: Saturday, December 07, 2013 11:22 AM
To: slocobirding@...
Subject: [slocobirding] White-breasted Nuthatch

Hi all;

I had a first ever Bewick’s wren at my suet feeder this morning, and the White-breasted Nuthatch seems to be a regular, visiting the suet feeder every hour or so. I am not sure I can participate in the Christmas bird count, but want to let whoever does this area know they can visit my yard, as it is a pretty good hotspot for lots of species. There are Nutmeg Mannikins, sapsuckers, three types of woodpeckers, lots of feeder birds, etc.

Call me for directions, if needed, and I will tell my neighbors you are not spying on them! 805/710-2319.

On another note,

A friend of mine was given a beautiful young (5 mo.) old cockatiel, and she is never home. I am currently fostering it and trying to find a good home for this sweet, hand raised baby bird; someone with time to spend with it. It is a Pied; white, yellow and gray, and would come with cage as well. Would any of you guys be interested or know of anyone? Please let me know.

Thanks, Rebecca Fay

P.S. I know this isn’t quite in keeping with our group guidelines, (sorry Mike), but I have asked around already and need to get her a home.










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Re: White-breasted Nuthatch

Tom Edell
 

I believe Rebecca’s home is near French Hospital in count Section 11 (http://tinyurl.com/nepaffe ). Please correct me if I’m wrong Rebecca. We are never assured of getting White-breasted Nuthatch on the count so it would be good to look for this bird.



As for Nutmeg Mannikin, it is increasing in the count circle (and California). Here are the totals for this species starting in 2004, the first year it was recorded on the count. I suspect this year’s count will be our highest yet.



2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012


12

0

0

0

0

6

34

17

72



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA



From: slocobirding@... [mailto:slocobirding@...] On Behalf Of Rebecca
Sent: Saturday, December 07, 2013 11:22 AM
To: slocobirding@...
Subject: [slocobirding] White-breasted Nuthatch








Hi all;

I had a first ever Bewick’s wren at my suet feeder this morning, and the White-breasted Nuthatch seems to be a regular, visiting the suet feeder every hour or so. I am not sure I can participate in the Christmas bird count, but want to let whoever does this area know they can visit my yard, as it is a pretty good hotspot for lots of species. There are Nutmeg Mannikins, sapsuckers, three types of woodpeckers, lots of feeder birds, etc.

Call me for directions, if needed, and I will tell my neighbors you are not spying on them! 805/710-2319.

On another note,

A friend of mine was given a beautiful young (5 mo.) old cockatiel, and she is never home. I am currently fostering it and trying to find a good home for this sweet, hand raised baby bird; someone with time to spend with it. It is a Pied; white, yellow and gray, and would come with cage as well. Would any of you guys be interested or know of anyone? Please let me know.

Thanks, Rebecca Fay

P.S. I know this isn’t quite in keeping with our group guidelines, (sorry Mike), but I have asked around already and need to get her a home.










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White-breasted Nuthatch

Rebecca
 

Hi all;
I had a first ever Bewick’s wren at my suet feeder this morning, and the White-breasted Nuthatch seems to be a regular, visiting the suet feeder every hour or so.  I am not sure I can participate in the Christmas bird count, but want to let whoever does this area know they can visit my yard, as it is a pretty good hotspot for lots of species. There are Nutmeg Mannikins, sapsuckers, three types of woodpeckers, lots of feeder birds, etc.
Call me for directions, if needed, and I will tell my neighbors you are not spying on them! 805/710-2319.
On another note,
A friend of mine was given a beautiful young (5 mo.) old cockatiel, and she is never home. I am currently fostering it and trying to find a good home for this sweet, hand raised baby bird; someone with time to spend with it. It is a Pied; white, yellow and gray, and would come with cage as well. Would any of you guys be interested or know of anyone? Please let me know.
Thanks, Rebecca Fay
P.S. I know this isn’t quite in keeping with our group guidelines, (sorry Mike), but I have asked around already and need to get her a home.


Eastern Phoebe, yes

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,

The Eastern Phoebe continued its visit to El Chorro Park Friday afternoon, reasonably close to where it was seen and reported by Maggie Smith earlier. It spent most of its time perched on the fence right next to the path, but occassionally perched in the nearby sycamores.

Photos at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/11252837116/in/photostream/

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay


Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Joanne Aasen
 

While at Santa Rosa Creek this morning, around 10:30-11:30, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (1 of 2 seen) began feeding on low lying “grasses” near where I was standing.

 

It was a VERY busy little bird.

 

3 photos and an edited video of its feeding behavior posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cambriabird/

 

The was the first time that I observed this bird’s hovering behavior.

 

It was hard to leave.

 

Joanne Aasen

Cambria, CA 


Target species 12/6

Maggie Smith
 

Herb Elliott and I had a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at the Oddfellows Cemetery in San Luis Obispo.  This is section 12.  It  was in the pines below the Dorn Pyramid.  A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was in a pepper tree across from the pyramid.

At the SLO Sewage Plant, we had 3 calling CASSIN'S KINGBIRDS and 1 MEW GULL.
 
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


Oceano Lagoon (Tropical kingbird, Summer tanager)

mitchpefa
 

Today at 12:30 on the peninsula in the middle of the camping area at Oceano Lagoon there was both a tropical kingbird and bright red summer tanager.

 

Mitch Siemens
Arroyo Grande


Photos still wanted for Underwater Day

ronzobaroni@...
 

You might be wondering why are you being sent a notice about Underwater Day??  Actually, we are looking for photos of birds that are near the local water. Underwater Day also coincides withthe Morro Bay Bird Festival and will celebrate birds. Our photo requirements are listed on the Flickr site.

Rouvaishana, State Park Interpretor and manager of Morro Bay Museum of Natural History, was able to secure a photo hanging system for the concrete wall in the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History.  In addition, he uncovered several free standing room dividers that have spaces for many 8X10 photos that are in the portrait orientation.  That means we will be able to display  many more photos than we originally thought.

  The Flickr site to post your photos is: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2395101@N20/ 

 If you already have an appropiate framed photo 8x10, 8x12, 0r 11x14 photograph our only requirement is that the mat be white or off white and that the frame be plain black and not larger than approx 16x20.  8x10 photos  that are in the portrait orientation do not have to be matted or framed if they are to go in the room divider with frames.  After we contact you about your photo, please let us know about the size you intend to use.  You'll also be setting your own price.

We hope you will display your photos for Underwater Parks Day.  If you have any questions, feel free to call me @543-3616 or e-mail me @ronzobaroni@... or contact Rouvaishana.
Ronnie


Los Osos Xmas Count Birds - nothing rare

Jim Royer
 

Recent sightings include 2 Swamp Sparrows through Sunday along Ramona west of Sweet Springs, 2 Snow Geese (1 adult and 1 imm.) at Sea Pines Golf Course as of today with 3 Canada Geese, a Tricolored Blackbird was in a big cowbird flock at the golf course this late afternoon, and a Cackling Goose has been at the edge of the bay west of Sweet Springs at high tide (most recently on Saturday). 

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Eastern Phoebe - El Chorro Regional Park - 12/5

Maggie Smith
 

Herb Elliott and I saw an EASTERN PHOEBE early this afternoon at El Chorro Regional Park.  It was in the same area where one wintered last year.  The area is a little more than mile after one enters the walking trail just past the dog park.  It was on the fence line where a cement trough is in the center of the field.   Herb Elliott's photo is here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie/11228734606/in/photostream/

Earlier we had Nutmeg Manikins at Herb's house  while scouting his section.

We also the male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE at Meadow Park.
 
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande

http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


12/4 Morro Bay Marina Boardwalk, Nelson's Sparrow YES

Dawn Beattie
 

while birding the Morro Bay Marina Boardwalk during this morning's high tide, I found one of the NELSON'S SPARROWS (on the inland side of the boardwalk).  Photo on my Flickr site.  This one was banded and the State folks set up there to do more banding, said they had banded two NESPs, but were looking for a third, yet unbanded, bird.  In addition, I saw a BALD EAGLE soaring with a group of turkey vultures.

Dawn Beattie
Morro Bay
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pics4dawn





Complete checklist of what I saw in my 2 hours of birding:
Morro Bay SP Marina, San Luis Obispo, US-CA
Dec 4, 2013 9:33 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     scootered along the boardwalk; began in the high 50s, ended at 61 degrees; calm, clear and high tide


23 species (+1 other taxa)
Brant  200     estimate; in the bay
Northern Shoveler  3     ID from silhouette - dabbling duck & bill much longer than length of head
Ruddy Duck  24     in marina
Western Grebe  4     in marina
American White Pelican  2     flying over marina
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  10
Bald Eagle  1     soaring over boardwalk with turkey vultures
Greater Yellowlegs  1     about same size as willet
Willet  25
Western Gull  X
Sterna sp.  1
Peregrine Falcon  1     in eucalyptus tree looking towards the bay
Black Phoebe  2
Say's Phoebe  1
Bewick's Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1     banded
European Starling  6     in same eucalyptus tree as peregrine falcon
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Savannah Sparrow  2     one was banded
Nelson's Sparrow  1     banded
Song Sparrow  3     one was banded
White-crowned Sparrow  10
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15864995


Arroyo Grande Nashville warbler

mitchpefa
 

In addition to the usual locals, a Nashville warbler visited briefly at the bird bath yesterday mid-morning in my backyard.

 

Mitch Siemens
Arroyo Grande

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